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OMMP Basic Facts
Basic Facts

Legal Protection

  • The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) protects medical marijuana users in the state of Oregon who comply with its requirements from criminal prosecution for production, possession, or delivery of marijuana.
      
    • The OMMA neither protects marijuana plants from seizure nor individuals from prosecution if the federal government chooses to take action against patients, caregivers or growers under the federal Controlled Substances Act.
  • An Oregon Medical Marijuana card protects cardholders only within the state of Oregon. 
     
    • Oregon cardholders are only protected in another state if that state legally accepts Oregon’s medical marijuana cards. Because medical marijuana programs vary by state, you may want to contact the state to which you are traveling for information on its laws.
    • An Oregon cardholder acts at his or her own risk when possessing, producing or delivering medical marijuana in another state without a medical marijuana card from that state.
  • Nothing in the OMMA specifically addresses whether or not you can be evicted or terminated from employment because you are a cardholder. 
     
    • It is up to you to decide whether or not to tell your landlord or employer that you are a cardholder.
    • If you have questions about these important issues, consult with an attorney.

Confidentiality

  • The OMMP will only communicate directly with the patient.
  • All written requests to release information about a patient must be signed and dated by the patient.
  • The OMMP will not accept written or verbal requests for information from a caregiver, grower, or any other person or agency without the patient’s written permission.
  • The names and addresses of OMMP participants are confidential and not subject to public disclosure.
  • Law enforcement personnel may contact the OMMP only to verify whether an individual is a patient, caregiver or grower or that a location is a registered growsite address.
  • The OMMP will verify for law enforcement whether the patient, caregiver, grower, or growsite address in question is registered, or if an application is in process.
  • The OMMP will disclose patient information to others only at the specific written request of the patient.

Growing and Possession

  • The OMMP cannot supply you with seeds, starter plants, or give you advice on how to grow medical marijuana.
  • A patient may reimburse his or her grower for the cost of supplies and utilities associated with the production of his or her medical marijuana; the Act does not allow reimbursement for labor or any other costs.
  • All usable marijuana, plants, seedlings and starts are the property of the patient and must be returned to the patient upon request.
  • Marijuana may be transferred by a registry identification cardholder to another registry identification cardholder as long no consideration is paid for the transfer.